Julius Randle agrees to two-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans

Julius Randle

Julius Randle

Randle only played 14 minutes during his rookie season because of a broken right leg he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets on opening night.

Sources told ESPN that Randle requested that the Lakers renounce him, sparing him what he believed would be a reduced role in a return to the team.

Rondo is going to Lakers training camp and has plans to compete for the starting job, according to Yahoo Sports.

Deng's $36 million salary would then be paid out over five seasons.

A Randle-Davis pairing will work similar to the Cousins-Davis pairing last season. His progress was slow and unsteady in his first three seasons in the National Basketball Association (he missed his entire rookie season after breaking his leg in the season opener), but he made significant strides in 2017-18, when he averaged 16.1 points and 8 rebounds.

Another free-agent acquisition made by the Lakers since the signing of LeBron James is JaVale McGee.

With the Lakers drafting 7-foot MI center Mo Wagner in addition to bringing in James, Randle was likely to find his role further reduced on a revamped Lakers team.

Despite losing Randle's defensive abilities, the Lakers have managed to upgrade their defense in the past 48 hours. In the years since he left the team in the 2014-15 season, he's only spent one year with each subsequent squad. The Lakers gave him more opportunities to handle the ball in the open floor a year ago, and excelled in that role.

The Lakers also added versatility with James, Rondo and Stephenson all triple-double threats on any given night. Depth was a concern at the position.

The Lakers have sought a veteran point guard to direct their offense for the better part of a year, after they traded D'Angelo Russell to the Brooklyn Nets on June 22, 2017. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news.

Information from ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne and Bobby Marks was used in this report.

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